While this is not a surprise, it is now out there on the table. According to a report by NewsCheckMedia: Belo owns stations in 15 markets which include among them affiliates with every one of the six major commercial English language broadcast networks and includes the ABC affiliate in 4 DMA's. It was known that this was going to be happening as affiliates faced contract renewals. And it will, then, result in higher retransmission fee demands when the local stations negotiate with cable and satellite carriers. Which will then result in higher charges from your satellite or cable company. The irony here is that the locals are, at best, marginally profitable and the average station is losing money while ABC's owner Disney is siphoning off viewers to its profitable cable channels ESPN (all of them) and The Disney Channel. And now I think I'll watch "V" on ABC's web site where there won't be any local ads.... Oh, and ABC is the only one of the four largest broadcast networks to have reduced viewership this year - down 6% from last fall.